Impact100 Essex Announces Four Grant Finalists

Our friends at Impact100 Essex, a women’s giving circle we are pleased to host, today announced the four finalists for this year’s Impact100 Essex grant award. One of these finalists will be voted the recipient of a $120,000 grant during Impact100 Essex’s Annual Meeting to be held on January 21, 2020 at Seton Hall University in South Orange.

The 2019 finalists are:

Hetrick-Martin Institute of New Jersey (HMI-NJ) proposes to expand its services providing safe and supportive environments for LGBTQ youth and their families with a new site on the border of Maplewood and Irvington.

Imagine: A Center for Coping with Loss envisions expanding their Newark pilot project providing trauma-informed grief support to children and families dealing with loss due to death, incarceration or deportation in Newark.

Meeting Essential Needs with Dignity (MEND) hopes to source, store and transport fresh produce to its network of 20 Essex County based food pantries serving some 134,000 individuals.

Volunteer Lawyers for Justice (VLJ) proposes addressing the exploding eviction crisis by tripling the pro bono attorney time devoted to tenancy issues and expanded information sessions for the community.

These four finalists are proposing transformational projects that will substantially impact the lives of our neighbors throughout Essex County.

Impact100 Essex thanks its members who reviewed dozens of outstanding grant proposals this year and whose work led to these selections.

“We look forward to seeing our entire membership at our Annual Meeting where we will vote on our 2019 recipient,” said a statement from Impact100 Essex. “More details about our meeting on January 21st will be forthcoming.  In the meantime, we look forward to seeing members at our mixer tomorrow night, December 10th.”